Hamsa Balakrishnan
William E. Leonhard (1940) Professor
Aeronautics and Astronautics
Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Cambridge, MA 02139

On sabbatical at the University of California, Berkeley for the 2023-24 Academic Year

Dynamics, Infrastructure Networks, and Mobility (DINaMo) Research Group

I am the William E. Leonhard (1940) Professor of Aeronautics and Astronautics at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), where I lead the Dynamics, Infrastructure Networks, and Mobility (DINaMo) Research Group. My current research interests are in the design, analysis, and implementation of control and optimization algorithms for large-scale cyber-physical infrastructures, with an emphasis on air transportation systems. These include airport congestion control algorithms, air traffic routing and airspace resource allocation methods, machine learning for weather forecasts and flight delay prediction, and methods to mitigate environmental impacts. My research spans theory and practice, including both algorithm development and real-world field tests.

I was a recipient of the American Automatic Control Council's Donald P. Eckman Award in 2014, the AIAA Lawrence Sperry Award in 2012, the inaugural CNA Award for Operational Analysis in 2012, the Kevin Corker Award for Best Paper at the Air Traffic Management R&D Seminar (in 2011, 2021 and 2023), MIT AIAA Undergraduate Teaching Award in 2019, the MIT AIAA Undergraduate Advising Award in 2014, and the NSF CAREER Award in 2008. I am an associate fellow of the AIAA.

At MIT, I am affiliated with the Institute for Data, Systems and Society (IDSS) and the Operations Research Center (ORC).

I am involved in teaching 16.002: Unified Engineering Signals & Systems, 16.763: Air Transportation Operations Research, and 16.995: Doctoral Research & Communication Seminar. I have also taught 16.72: Air Traffic Control and ESD.55: Management of Infrastructure Systems.

Prior to joining MIT, I was a Principal Development Engineer at the University Affiliated Research Center (UC Santa Cruz) and the NASA Ames Research Center's Terminal Air Traffic Management Concepts Branch. I received my PhD from Stanford University and my B.Tech. from the Indian Institute of Technology Madras.